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Qantas QF32 Flight From the Cockpit

12/16/2010 1:45 AM

I thought this may interest some of the flying members.

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On 4 November Qantas flight QF32, an Airbus A380 outbound from Singapore, ran into serious problems when a turbine on its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine suffered an uncontained failure. We caught up with one of the five pilots onboard, who describes how the crew professionally dealt with the incident, the sequence of events, and how the most dangerous period was after they had landed.

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12/16/2010 3:18 AM

Great account. No doubt those guys were sh*tting a few bricks at the time, but you can see how they relied on their knowledge of the systems to figure out pretty closely what was going on, and to respond accordingly--and successfully! Kudos.

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12/16/2010 8:17 AM

I can't speak specifically about this crew, but generally, aircrew are so well trained that any mishap is dealt with in a very professional and measured manner.

I doubt that there was any "brown trousers" moment in the cockpit, contrary to what we are exposed with left and right from Hollywood.

Besides hearing many stories from other pilots, I personally have experienced/observed a number of mishap situations where the pilot in command conducted their procedures both professionally and without drama.

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12/19/2010 1:52 AM

Quite true as it's what is done.

However there are several other things that interest me about this, 'hidden in the CFI speak' - so I am busy holding my tongue to see if others see the same 'things'.

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12/21/2010 10:32 AM

There's a lot of stuff openly 'hidden in the CFI' speak relative to Airbus aircraft design in general.

Enough stuff that I have always avoided traveling in Scarebus aircraft as their designs always seem to be determined to take human authority away from cockpit decision making. Not to mention, "Why the phreak can't I shut off that gd engine?"

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12/21/2010 4:07 PM

Indeed loosing 'authority' over the 'good wing' is a tad "inconvenient".

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12/25/2010 11:13 PM

Although I agree wholeheartedly with your message, I might caution that put-on words such as "Scarebus" might turn otherwise curious readers off of the meaty gist of your message.

Not a fly-by-chip fan myself, either, I must then echo your concern: Why the phreak couldn't they shut off that engine?

point5, to you go kudos for the post; I'd sadly resgistered the intent to keep track of this, but then I must have let my thoughts wander..

BUT to that crew, no matter the composite level of expertise (I've experienced corporate panic in flight), kudos for the professionalism! Damn, to have my hands on a yoke again. WHAT A RIDE!

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12/27/2010 8:27 AM

Sorry, can't apologize for the use of Scarebus. It's quite common for those of us in the US aviation industry.

We even do it to US companies. My favorites, though I'm showing my age:

Agony Airlines - the old Allegheny Airlines

Useless Air - US Air

Tree Top Airlines - Trans Texas Air

Boing - Boeing

And too many more to list...

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12/27/2010 5:03 PM

One of my sister Chinook Companies in Viet Nam. Only the 1st Cav could've gotten away with that insignia!!!

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12/27/2010 6:13 PM

Was actually looking for the "fly united" airlines t-shirt one - but fell over that and thought - 'yep, just right for a Hooker' - though perhaps not the 'riposte' you deserve for "Scarebus".

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12/16/2010 10:09 AM

WOW - Great read - Thanks.

My hat is off to the flight crew, very well done!

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